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Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems provide shared corporate data, automate repetitive business processes and integrate all key business functions, including:

  • Financial Reporting and Accounting
  • Product Development
  • Product and Project Management
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Quality
  • Supply Chain
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials and Inventory Management

A Successfull ERP System Implementation reduces much duplication within an organization. Disconnected systems require much data, such as customer names and addresses, inventory levels, and standard costs to be entered many times into many systems. The results, not only in the extra effort to enter the data, but also the increased effort to update the data and the increased opportunity for errors. Automation of business processes reduces the cost of repetitive tasks and improves consistency. Shared data ensures that everybody has timely access to current data when they need it.

Many aspects of an ERP System are routinely available from many providers. Most systems have financial statements that comply with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Typically, systems can calculate materials requirements and maintain inventory counts.

There are many considerations when selecting an ERP System, including:

  • Should you improve how you run your business before automating? If, for example, you plan to embark on a Lean Journey, you should consider doing that first. Lean will fundamentally change your perception of your ERP System needs and should precede an ERP System selection process.
  • What are your Key Business Processes
  • The functionality you require for your Key Business Processes
  • What are your strategic competitive advantages that need to be protected and enhanced with the new system?
  • How many users will you have, now and in the next 5 years?
  • What size system fits your company size?
  • What resources do you have to implement and maintain the system and its software?
  • What is your spending budget?

opStratSolutions can assist you with all aspects of your ERP selection and implementation process including:

  • Creating a Request for Information that describes your needs to prospective system providers.
  • Selecting prospective providers and managing the interface with them. This will significantly reduce the amount of your time that will be consumed by this process.
  • Evaluating the information that is received.
  • Recommend a few providers for more discussion and system demos.
  • Scripting and coordinating demos and follow-up evaluations
  • Detailed Due Diligence.
  • Final negotiations and implementation planning.
  • Facilitate the training and implementation process.

To discuss your ERP System needs, whether it is to select a new system or to improve the use of your current system, email opStrat Solutions or phone (613) 692-3024.